George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 8 August 1776

To Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.

Head Quarters N. York 8th Augt 1776

Dr Sir

As Capt. Bacon has been here in pursuit of some Duck and other Articles for the Northern Army and is now gone into Connecticut, I take the liberty of forwarding a letter for him to Gov. Cooke under cover to you, by which Capt. Bacon can be furnished with what Duck is wanting provided he does not meet with it in Connecticut.1 I wrote you particularly last evening by Mr Root of Hartford since which nothing material has happened. I am Sir with sentiments of Esteem Your most humble Servant.

P.S. Should you not have opportunity to present the enclosed to Capt. Bacon you will please to forward it to Governor Cooke, together with the intelligence of mine of yesterday to your honor contained, as I have not time to write him particularly.

LB, Ct: Trumbull Papers.

1GW’s letter to Cooke of this date reads: “General Schuyler has wrote pressingly for duck for the vessels on Lake Champlain. We have taken all possible pains to procure and forward it from this, but find it in vain, and as it is of the greatest moment we should have our naval armament immediately fitted for use, I must beg you will supply Capt. Bacon out of that in your care which Congress empowered me to draw for. This letter is following Capt. Bacon, who is gone into Connecticut. Should it not meet with him, I think it advisable for you to forward it on with all convenient dispatch to Albany. . . . P.S. General Schuyler’s order is for 50 bolts thick sail-cloth, and 20 do. light. For cloth or oznaburg” (“R.I. Revolutionary Correspondence,” 159–60).

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